The UKGCC successfully launched its maiden Business climate survey report for 2019 on 12 March 2020 at the Accra Marriott Hotel. The launched was done by the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Robert Ahomka – Lindsay.
The forum was sponsored by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and coordinated by the Graphic Communications Group.
In her welcome address, Ms. Adjoba Kyiamah, the Executive Director of the UKGCC highlighted the significance of the survey in capturing the key challenges and pulse of the business environment from the perspective of the private sector. She announced that the next survey would be conducted in June this year as a yearly activity on the Chamber’s calendar.
Mr. Colin Sykes, Regional Prosperity Head at the British High Commission representing the High Commissioner, noted that the recommended strategies in the report, fell within the framework of the UK’s relationship with Government of Ghana through the UK-Ghana Business Council. He added that the report would help guide the private sector and Government on which areas to channel the most effort.
In his keynote address, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Robert Ahomka – Lindsay reinforced the government’s objective of improving the economy and the business environment by highlighting its commitment and the role of the private sector. He said government was working hard by rolling out policies and improving the regulation and fiscal space, as well as drawing the framework for effective industralisation, such as Local content law, Competition Law, IP rights, amongst others.
He called on the private sector to deepen its commitment and contribution to creating jobs and eradicating poverty by providing support services and investing in the manufacturing sector. He encouraged UKGCC members who were small, medium and micro enterprises to take advantage of the opportunities in the economy and scale up their businesses to significant levels.
The Deputy Minister emphasized government’s dedication to the fight against corruption, through its digitization programme and public sector services reform being championed by the Vice President of Ghana. He further hinted that strategies to fast-track the process of manufacturers scaling their operations and leveraging on opportunities like AfCFTA were being made; stating that various government working groups have been set up to engage with all relevant stakeholders in supporting the private sector’s expansion in the context of the AfCFTA.
In her concluding remarks, Ms. Adjoba Kyiamah stated that the UKGCC is keen on setting up a working group with the Ministry of Trade & Industry that will be responsible for:
• discussing and recommending solutions to the challenges raised in the report; and
• working together with government in determining how these recommendations can practically be implemented